Auction Preview: Photographs, October 3, 2013 @Christie’s

Christie’s brings the most dollar value to market in this autumn’s Photographs season in New York with a various owner sale next week. The auction is led by a complete set of Edward Curtis’ The North American Indian. Overall, there are a total of 242 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $8968000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 58
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $425000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 154
Total Mid Estimate $3753000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 30
Total High Estimate $4790000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 267, Edward Curtis, The North American Indian, Portfolios 1-20 and Text Volumes 1-20, 1907-1930, estimated at $1000000-1500000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s).

Here’s the complete list of photographers with five or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Ansel Adams 18
Irving Penn 16
Henri Cartier-Bresson 12
Robert Polidori 10
Edward Weston 9
Erwin Blumenfeld 8
Robert Frank 8
William Eggleston 7
Eugene Atget 6
Robert Mapplethorpe 6
Helmut Newton 6
Hiroshi Sugimoto 5

Other lots of interest include lot 187, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Untitled Dessau, 1926, estimated at $200000-300000 (image above, left, via Christie’s), lot 280, Francis Bruguière, Experiment from ‘The Way’, 1925, estimated at $50000-70000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s), and lot 281, Frederick Evans, ‘A Sea of Steps’, Wells Cathedral, Steps to Chapter House, 1903, estimated at $120000-180000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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